Saturday, March 17, 2018

St. Paddy's Day Green Bouquet

I created this green toned floral card for St. Patrick's Day and the Go Green challenge at Crafty Cardmakers.  I started with a Lindy's Magicals background layered with vellum on the top and bottom.  I added diecut leaves in 2 colors and clustered velvet flowers to make a bouquet.  I added gold glitter to the center of the flower - like the pot of gold.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Flower Themed Cards

I had fun trying out my new leaf cutting dies this weekend.  I decided to use a stack of handmade paper that I have purchased over the years.  Most of the paper came from Hobby Lobby and even though I was thinking of purging it, I am glad I didn't.  Most of the paper has glitter accents and cuts nicely in my Vagabond.  I used the same pattern for each card, starting with handmade paper as the background.  Each card has diecut leaves and a central flower.  I was able to accent with sequins on some of the cards as well.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Floral Card

I created this pretty card for the Crafty Cardmakers Floral Challenge.  I started with foiled background paper and added an intricate diecut.  I layered a Tim Holtx floral diecut with foiled leaves and a custom dyed flower nestled in vintage seam binding ribbon.

Vintage Spring Card

I created this floral bird card with a vintage flair for the Vintage Card Cafe Card Challenge.  The theme is spring which is my favorite season.  I started with an intricate doily diecut and layered on flower diecuts from Tim Holtz and a layered burlap flower from Art-C.  The chipboard bird was painted, inked, stamped and distressed.  I added foiled leaf sprigs to finish it off.  It is busy and over the top - which is why it is perfect!

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Floral Cards

These floral cards were all created using backgrounds that I had already prepared.  The stack of backgrounds was getting a little high, so I made an effort to use them up.  The purple background was made with Brusho watercolor powder on watercolor paper.  The green leaves were colored with spray inks.  The blue and tan card was created using Yupo paper and alcohol inks.  The grey-green card was alcohol ink on photo paper.  Each is very different from the others.  

Friday, February 23, 2018

Crocheted Giraffe

This is my latest crochet animal for my granddaughter, Lilly.  I used a variegated color for the ears, arms and legs.  I added some variegated spots on its back as well.  So cute!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

More Hello Cards

This is my latest batch of hello cards.  I have a nice, big hello cutting die and it looks best in either black or white on these colorful backgrounds. 

For these bold cards, I began with Oxide inks in different colors.  Next, I used Bo Bunny glitter paste over stencils.  The paste does not take very long to dry and it comes in several colors.  I cut the large hello diecut from glossy black cardstock.  


The final card started with white embossing paste with a stencil.  Once the paste was dry, I added Magicals from Lindy's Stamp Gang mixed with water.  It was a little darker than I had intended, so I painted a layer of Finnabair magic opal acrylic paint over the top.  It gives the card an interference layer.  The hello is cut from glossy photo paper.  

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Wildflower Hello Cards

My latest creations use wildflower and hello cutting dies.  My mission was to use up some watercolor and foiled backgrounds I had already made.  I had a stack of backgrounds so I wanted to use some of them up.  The green background was created using Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals as watercolors.  The polka dotted background is spray ink over foil.  The bright blue background was made with Brusho watercolors.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Photo Paper Diecuts

I was testing out a new cutting die today and I found that it works beautifully on a piece of photo paper.  The glossy white really pops against the background.  I used Yupo paper for the alcohol ink background.  It works much better than regular glossy paper for alcohol ink designs.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Rustic Floral Cards

Today was a card making day.  I was able to use some of my new cutting dies as well as some of my new Prima flowers.  The background paper for all three cards is the same, but each has a very different look.  Despite the intricate diecuts, these have a rustic look.  If only every day could be a card making day...

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Finnabair Opal Magic Paint by Prima

Have you seen the opal magic acrylic paint from Prima?  It is absolutely magical.  It can turn ordinary cardstock into shimmery, color shifting beauty.  It comes in 8 colors and is easy to work with.  Once applied to paper, it can be dried with a heat tool.  The painted sheets can be die cut as well.  

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Marble Chunky Scarf

I just finished a beautiful cowl made from Marble Chunky yarn.  The yarn was a Christmas present from my mom.  It is so soft and warm.  I made the pattern up, but it is very simple.  I alternated double crochet rows with three-double stitch shells.  The skein of yearn was an extra large 200g ball, so I made the cowl extra wide.  I twisted the panel before I stitched the ends together.  I will definitely be wearing it tomorrow.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Handmade Paper from the Archives

I was inspired by Lynda Shoup, a mixed media artist, to share some of my handmade paper.  She wrote a post about using silk scraps and wool to make yarn.  What an amazing idea.  I have saved scraps from ribbon embroidery, silk embroidery and cross stitch.  These fibers make beautiful paper when mixed with the paper pulp.  It has been a long time since I have made paper, but I still have lots of fiber scraps.  The purple paper is made mostly from dryer lint.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Happy Birthday Watercolor Card

I created this birthday card for my nephew.  The watercolor background us a blend of Brushos and Ken Oliver's Liquid Metals.  The shimmer and shine in the Liquid Metals is amazing.  There is an awful lot of color packed into the tiny crystals in the Brushos.

I am entering this card in the Watercolor CAS Birthday challenge for January.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Diecuts Galore!

I had some fun cutting diecuts with the Vagabond recently.  I discovered that tiny leaves look amazing when cut from either foil/mirror or glittered cardstock.  My girls have cut quite a few sheets for me so I now have a stash ready to go.

This is a card made using the coppery foil leaves and a Bister background I made.  If you like to watercolor, you should try Bister powders.  They are little jars of happiness in the form of powdered watercolors with wood stains.  They are similar to Brushos and Ken Oliver's Color Bursts, but Bister powders have antique tones.   You can find them at I Brake for Stamps.

A card maker can never, ever have too many cutting dies. The branch with leaves is the die I used for the card above.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Cardinal Ornament Card

This was a Christmas card I made for my parents.  I started with a foiled card base and added a simple blue paper layer.  The ornament is a K & Co. dimensional sticker embellished with a twine bow and decorative pine leaves in white.  The iridescent sequins added the final touch.  This one was simple but elegant.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Crocheted Scarf

This is my latest scarf design made using only scraps and leftover yarn.  I made the colorful design up as I went along and it was a lot of fun.  It was great to use up a lot of leftover pieces.  Victoria helped make the pom-poms and I made up some weird pods to dangle with the pom-poms. This scarf was a gift for my oldest daughter, Catherine.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Layering Stamps Note Card Set

I created this set of note cards as a Christmas present for my friend, Zoe.  I used a neutral background layered over a navy blue print.  The rose was stamped in three colors using a layering stamp and the Misti stamping tool.  This tool is perfect for making multiple, identical designs.  These stamps are great for adding dimension and depth.  For the roses, I used a combination of Mementos inks and Distress Oxide ink.  The sentiments were all printed using a LaserJet printer and then foiled with navy blue foil.  Each sentiment banner was edged with more ink.  I think these pretty cards made a nice gift.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

New Necklaces

 These are my latest jewelry creations.  Dry Gulch has a new epoxy that has a two hour working time and is perfect for tiny crystals and stones.  Each of these pendants is made with crystals and epoxy.  I crocheted some of the necklaces and used some of our beautiful beaded chain for the rest.  You can find fun beading supplies at Dry Gulch.

These earrings were enameled and then decorated with epoxy and crystals.  These are perfectly lightweight.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Masculine Birthday Card

I created this birthday card for my dad.  I started with watercolor paper and used Deco foil gel over a geometric stencil.  It takes several hours for the gel to dry, but when it does, you can add foil for a beautiful look.  Next, I used spray ink from Lindy's Stamp Gang to color the background.  I added die cut gears and a stamped sentiment.

I am entering this card in the latest card challenge at Stamp Ink Paper.  The theme is say no to Christmas.